The Singapore UAS Community by AAIS was active again from 1 to 2 June 2022 at the second edition of Geo Connect Asia (GCA), SE Asia’s flagship geospatial intelligence event. This in-person event with livestream was held at Sands Expo & Convention Centre with the aim of driving the adoption of geospatial technology from niche applications and into the mainstream.

GCA 2022 examined geospatial technology, digital construction and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). Illustrating the relevance of geospatial technology in his opening speech, Mr Edwin Tong (Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Law) cited the example of Volocopter using geospatial technology to plan the integration of air mobility with urban transport networks.

There were 2 parts to the UAV segment of the Conference. The first panel, discussing ‘Drones for good and goods: building excellence across ASEAN”, was moderated by Mr Robin Thevathasan of AAIS. Panellists included Mr Abhinand Pillay of Aerodyne who also delivered the keynote, Mr Ryan Lee of Heron Technology, Mr Benjamin Williams of the Singapore Red Cross Society, and Mr Yue Keng Mun of Temasek Polytechnic. The panel explored the role of technology (e.g. 5G) in enabling drone operations, and also the viability of a portable UTM to support humanitarian drone operations in rural environments.

The second panel on ‘Innovative drone-based solutions: revolutionising business applications’ took a more case driven approach and was moderated by Mr Mohd Safuan Mohd Zairi of MRANTI. Panellists were Mr Ariffin Aris of AECA Solutions, Mr Rob Sanchez of China Construction, Mr Simon Morris of Quantum Systems and Mr Vincent Aw of SLA.

Besides the presence of the educational institutions, commercial exhibitors at GCA 2022 included our members:  Heron Technology Pte Ltd, MF Media Academy Pte Ltd, Viscoy Pte Ltd and YJP Surveyors Pte Ltd. The Singapore UAS Community also had a booth to network with others in the geospatial community.

We are appreciative that Mr Rupert Owen, co-founder of Geo Connect Asia, acknowledged AAIS’ support in his welcome speech. He also announced plans for a new Drone Asia segment in next year’s show, to be held from 15 to 16 Mar 2023.


Singapore UAS Community exhibition booth

Panel on ‘Drones for Good and Goods’

Mr Robin Thevathasan of AAIS Panel of Experts